Armenian Police Trying to Disperse Protesters in Yerevan

Thousands Participate in “Reject Serzh Sarkisian” Rally

Pashinian told them that he and three other parliament deputies representing his Civil Contract party "need to go to work" along with their sympathizers.

And in 2016, Pashinian stepped in to mediate between police and a little-known armed opposition group that was holding hostages after carrying out a deadly raid on a police station.

An RFE/RL correspondent saw two protesters injured as a result.

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Over the past four days, thousands of demonstrators protesting against the nomination of Serzh Sargsyan. Bright Armenia and Hanrapetutyun leaders have been skeptical about the opposition's ability to pull large crowds.

Pashinian, who was injured in the face and arms, was briefly taken to hospital. He also made clear that "in effect" he was not beaten up by the police. They suffered shrapnel wounds that may have also been caused by stun grenades. Six of them were police officers, it said. The demonstrators carried Armenian national flags, burnt flares and chanted anti-government slogans.

Protests in Armenia continued for a fourth straight day on April 16, growing to an estimated 10,000 people and effectively shutting down Yerevan's downtown.

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Rallies began on Friday when more than 4,000 people took part. Opposition protests against Serzh Sargsyan being elected as Prime Minister․. "The Republican Party will not be in government". Sargsyan received 77- for and 17- against votes.

The 63-year-old ended his second and final presidential term last week and has been nominated by the ruling party for the post of prime minister.

"Pashinian has used his parliamentary mandate for the interests of citizens", says Artur Sakunts, head of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office. Police urged protesters not to violate public order. "We can't let that happen", said Pashinyan. Cordons of Riot police holding back a crowd. After Khachatur Abovyan, which is located in the city center. He will operate under a new political system that sees the president's powers weakened and the prime minister taking a dominant role.

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Pashinian said the closure of the streets leading to the parliament should start already before midnight.

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